Bush, Barbara

Bush, Barbara,

1925–2018, b. New York City as Barbara Pierce; wife of George H. W. BushBush, George Herbert Walker,
1924–2018, 41st President of the United States (1989–93), b. Milton, Mass., B.A., Yale Univ., 1948. Career in Business and Government
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 and mother of George W. BushBush, George Walker,
1946–, 43d President of the United States (2001–9), b. New Haven, Conn. The eldest son of President George H. W. Bush, he was was raised in Texas and, like his father, attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., and Yale, graduating in 1968.
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. She studied briefly at Smith College before marrying (1945); the Bushes ultimately settled in Texas. Noted as a vigorous campaigner for her husband and her sons and an astute and pointed observer of politics, she largely took a background role as first lady (1989–93), continuing her lifelong interest in volunteering. She founded (1989) the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, chairing it until 2012, and profits from children's books she wrote from her family's dogs point of view also benefited reading programs.


See her memoirs (1994, 2004).

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Bush, Barbara (b. Pierce)

(1925–  ) First Lady; born in Rye, N.Y. She left Smith College to marry George Bush in 1945. She was actively involved in programs to increase literacy and was also honorary chairman of the Leukemia Society.
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